Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle

"Very Good"

Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle Review


Alan Rudolph's loving portrayal of Dorothy Parker (a spot-on yet frequently incomprehensible Jennifer Jason Leigh) is a film for historians and literary fans alike, with a cast featuring more art-house favorites than any other movie in recent memory (just look at the cast list!). The film drips into treacle with its treatment of the love triangle among Parker, her husband (Matthew Broderick), and Robert Benchley (Campbell Scott). It's the primary focus of the movie but also its weakest link. The film is at its heights when the ensemble is in full force as Parker plies her wit around the Algonquin Round Table and various social affairs (all during the age of Prohibition). Leigh was snubbed on an Oscar nomination here despite a strong performance in a very weak year (Jessica Lange won for the tepid Blue Sky).


Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle

Facts and Figures

Run time: 125 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 23rd November 1994

Distributed by: Miramax

Production compaines: Fine Line Features, Miramax Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 74%
Fresh: 23 Rotten: 8

IMDB: 6.4 / 10

Cast & Crew

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Starring: as Dorothy Parker, as Robert Benchley, as Charles MacArthur, as Paula Hunt, as Gertrude Benchley, as Alan Campbell, as Eddie Parker, as Horatio Byrd, as Jane Grant, as Harold Ross, as Edna Ferber, as Deems Taylor, as Robert Sherwood, as George S. Kaufman, as Mary Kennedy Taylor, Tom McGowan as Alexander Woollcott, Chip Zien as Franklin P. Adams, as Heywood Broun, as Ruth Hale, as Roger Spalding, as Marc Connelly, as Neysa McMein, Amelia Campbell as Mary Brandon Sherwood, as Fred Hunter, as Joanie Gerard, Randy Lowell as Alvan Barach, as Will Rogers, as Elmer Rice, as Cab Driver (1922), as F. Scott Fitzgerald, as Picnic Guest (uncredited)

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